Record Turnout on Scrubs Despite Slippery Mud and Autumn Chill

Including some 'runseeing' local architectural highlights during Open House 2017

Wormwood Scrubs served up hazy autumnal 10 degree chill with low winds and some lovely slippery mud to welcome Fulham Palace parkrun refugees (closed for Latin Foodie festival vehicle manoeuvring).

We had another record turnout as 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests!

It was more than twice as many as ran mid-September last year. This weekend was also Open House 2017 and it was good to see a few parkrunners runseeing the local architectural highlights. The Koestler Arts Centre in the Former Governor’s House at HMP Wormwood Scrubs was open.

Incidentally we’d be interested to hear from anyone with any connections with the prison service. The prison continues to be what Wormwood Scrubs is most famous for!

There were also tours of White City Place on the site of the 1908 London Olympics Great Stadium where the first 26 miles 385 yard marathon was run from Windsor Castle.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Robert FERGUSON was Run Director • Rizwan RAUF • Andrew ROCHE • Fran SANTOS • Marion BRYDSON • Fraser BRYDSON • James SPENDER wrote this run report • Peter JORDAN • Volunteer Debutante Lady Lucy POLLOCK organised the token ordering • Stephen HUTCHINSON • Maria DE FREITAS • Craig GUNN • Melina DUER

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun Results Page.

The top Male placings:
Milan MISAK (SM25-29) of Serpentine RC, our old Czech friend formerly of Imperial College track and field was first over the line in 18:48 - 6th time in 30 appearances.
Lukas SAULICH (SM30-34) of Willesden Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 19:41.
Philip NICHOLSON (SM25-29) of Newcastle University Cross Country Club, was third over the line in 19:55

The top Female placings:
Alice RIDDELL-WEBSTER (VW50-54) of Fulham RC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:59 - first time in 2 appearances.
Sacha KEMP-POTTER (VW45-49) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:46.
Aramay ROBERTSON (JW11-14) was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:57.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alice RIDDELL-WEBSTER (VW50-54) – 79.90% for the time 20:59 (11th overall).
Dineke AUSTIN (VW65-69) – 75.40% for the time 27:18 (71st overall).
Paul WAKE (VM50-54) – 71.76% for the time 20:43 (10th overall).

As you know, we rely on volunteers, so if you’d like to get involved in volunteering at the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, please email There are lots of volunteering opportunities in the coming weeks!

Don’t forget that you can also donate to the Scrubs parkrun via this link.

Parrun 326 - Saturday 9 September

As hopes of an Indian summer recede, those weeks of scorching runs and a baked hard common were replaced on Saturday morning by a dewy wet slippery start and a crisp autumnal snap in the air. The temperature change has come as relief for some runners with many crossing the line saying they had bagged some respectable times.

There was a superb turnout of runners today, with 74 individuals taking part - clocking some great times, although I had forgotten my barcode and didn't register in 30th place, heeding the lesson to everyone to remember to pack your barcode in advance of coming to the run and not to leave with the plastic results tokens.

We were also joined by one first time park runner in Kenny FOX and some brilliant Wormwood Scrub only first timers - Kenneth MALTON (18:16) and Owain WLSON (19:14) who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the men's results. However the leading man was Thames Valley Harrier regular Ryan KEANE with a great time (18:02).

The leading female was Sally NASH (21:22) who finished some way ahead of Wormwood First Timers Alice JOHNSTON (22:43) and Rachel FARROW (24.11).

There were also PB's for Cindy CHEETHAM, Consuelo RIESCO MARTINEZ, Amber MULLENS, Colin ADESOKAN, Brent WILLIAMS, Sam WILLIAMS, James HANCOCK, Conor RYAN, Darren PEARCE and Paul MONROE.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Andrew BEAUMONT, Marion BRYDSON, Fraser BRYDSON, Melina DUER, Craig GUNN, Peter JORDAN, Ben LE ROUGETEL, Matthieu PREVOT, Fran SANTOS.

We also wish anyone participating in the Great North Run or even being a spectator the best of luck and actively encourage those that have been inspired to see people improve their fitness and push their limits to come and join us next week.


September 18, 2017